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Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it's officially sandal season! And when it comes to footwear, we're happy to announce that you don't have to sacrifice comfort for a stylish pair of sandals. Whether you're a fan of classic flip-flops or favor a strappy silhouette, we've got you covered with the best summer sandals for women.
So, unlace those closed-toe shoes and kick back in our picks. Your feet will thank us!
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- Women's flip-flops
- Women's slide sandals
- Waterproof shoes for women
- Tie-up sandals for women
- Women's heeled sandals
- Women's wedge and platform sandals
Clarks blends wearability with a feminine edge with this pair of cushioned flip-flops. They ensure lasting comfort with a plush Ortholite footbed and a lightweight midsole. It's also available in a variety of fun prints and textiles to match your personal style.
These Olukai flip-flops are known for their durability and solid arch support. The lightweight yet sturdy design provides all-day support and is available in 42 colors and designs.
The Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal offers a customized fit thanks to its adjustable buckle strap. It offers a perfect combination of stability and comfort that's perfect for those long summer days.
If you've sworn off flip-flops due to foot pain, the Vionic Tide Flip Flops will change your mind! The podiatrist-approved flip-flops have a built-in orthotic footbed to help alleviate heel pain and properly align your body. The bestselling style comes in a wide range of colors from classic neutral to bold red.
Clarks' Breeze Sea sandals have a synthetic upper with an adjustable hook-and-loop closure to make sure your feet are secure. They're also made with a soft fabric lining for ultimate comfort and a sturdy sole for durability.
For a less expensive and waterproof option, go for these Havaianas slim flip-flops. The simple sandals are made with rubber so you don’t have to worry about ruining them at the beach or pool and they come in over two dozen different colors.
These leather flip-flops from Rainbow Sandals are durable, comfortable and will last you for many years to come. While some reviewers on Amazon say that you need to give yourself time to break these Rainbows in, you won’t want to wear anything else once they mold to your feet.
While these Tory Burch sandals are definitely on the pricier side, once you splurge on a pair, they’ll become a staple in your closet in no time. You can dress them up or down with a variety of different outfits.
The square toe style on these Rothy's flip-flops is roomy enough for wider feet, while the cushy footbed offers luxurious comfort. Made with recycled materials, they're available in eight different colors and you can toss them in the washing machine when they start to get dirty!
If you like to wear flip-flops but are always worried they'll fall off while you're running around, try this pair from Havaianas. They come with a slingback strap and have a textured sole to prevent slippage.
Women's slide sandals
Whether you're dressing up a casual sundress or adding a flirty touch to your date night outfit, these leather slides add a special touch with whatever you pair them with.
Keep it cool and comfortable with these breezy criss-cross slides from Universal Thread. Available in a tie-dye or boho design, they're made with a textured outsole so they stay in place while you're on the move.
Here's what you need to know about Birkenstocks: they never go out of style, and your dogs (we mean feet) won't ever bark when you wear them.
These stylish espadrille slides from Old Navy are trendy, budget-friendly and the perfect accessory for any Memorial Day or Fourth of July outfit.
The Melrose Ave Metallic slides from Walmart are both cute and cheap. If you want to add a little color to your summer wardrobe but don’t love bright colors, these rose gold sandals are the way to go. Plus, you can’t beat the price!
For a more chic option, try these puffy slides from Anthropologie. They’d look great with a classic summer dress or even a pair of denim shorts and your go-to blouse. If the baby blue color isn’t up your alley, they also in nine other colors.
These slides have the polished look of chic flats with the ease of a flip-flop. You'll be able to walk for miles in them thanks to the double-folded raffia straps and moulded footbed.
If you love wearing Steve Madden shoes, these sandals won't disappoint. This simple pair of faux brown leather sandals look great with a casual outfit or a summer dress.
Whether you’re running errands or taking the kids to the beach, you're going to want a pair of sandals this versatile. Plus, how can you argue with a stellar 4.7-star average rating from over 5,000 Adidas shoppers?
Waterproof shoes for women
You can never go wrong with a classic. Case in point: this pair of original Teva sandals. Some reviewers say they're more comfortable than a pair of sneakers.
If you love your classic Birkenstocks but don’t want to worry about ruining them in the water, consider this waterproof pair. They’re super lightweight and just as comfortable the rest of the popular styles.
For an extra supportive pair of water shoes, try these Keen shoes. They built for all-day support and feature elastic cords for a secure fit. The sporty sandals are machine washable and have almost 11,000 five-star verified ratings on Amazon.
If you’re on the hunt for a pair of fun water-friendly shoes, try this bright style from Teva. They have adjustable straps to keep your feet secure so you can take on any outdoor activity.
Tie-up sandals for women
Gladiator sandals get a luxe upgrade with this leather pair from Madewell. You'll not only feel like a million bucks, but your feet will stay comfortable thanks to a plushy footbed.
For a budget-friendly option, look no further than these trendy ankle-strap sandals from Amazon. They come in black, brown, green and leopard print.
Women's heeled sandals
Pretty in polka dots! This low-heeled slide from J. Crew not only embraces a cute design, but they also do it with a modern raffia material and high-end leather lining.
This style is great if you're looking for a bright statement shoe. The cross-band straps give your feet an edgy look, as well.
Women's wedge and platform sandals
It's official: Crocs are back with a vengeance! If you're not ready to embrace their clogs, try out these effortlessly cool wedge sandals with LiteRide foam footbeds and a two-strap silhouette.
These wedges may look and feel sporty, but the faux leather upper and lining feel as sophisticated as they come.
It may not be fuzzy slipper season anymore, but that doesn't mean you can rock some Uggs. These bright slingbacks are made with a breathable mesh upper and three layers of cushioning.
This pick from Sorel combines all of today's hottest shoe trends in one sandal: vibrant color blocking, a dizzying scalloped sole, adjustable velcro straps and extreme amounts of comfort.
Available in eight chic colors, this leather boot sandal has a stylish buckled ankle and a cute loop just for your big toe.
These sporty shoes have a platform rubber sole that keeps you grounded and secure while providing a stylish touch to any look.
Yes, wedges can be comfortable. This lightweight espadrille style has a comfortable ankle strap, rubber outsole and cushioned footbed.
These Clarks platform wedges successfully combine style and comfort. They are made with the "Clarks Soft Cushion" technology and feature an OrthoLite footbed. Translation? They're incredibly comfortable (and chic!). The well-loved style has over 2,300 five-star verified ratings on Amazon.
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This story originally published on July 28, 2017.